Canon’s new cinema camera packs 8K video into a chunky body

Canon's new cinematic camera puts a 45MP DSLR and 8K video into one chunky body

picture: Canon

The video capabilities of digital cameras have greatly improved over the years, but there are still many good reasons to choose a dedicated video camera, including simplified video menu systems. and longer recording times. However, with the new EOS R5C, Canon is one step closer to creating the perfect all-round digital shooter with excellent still image capture. And Video capture capabilities in one body.

Based on the Canon EOS R5 released in the summer of 2020, the R5 C has been described as a “true hybrid” shooter by Canon and while it appears to make that claim, it’s not without some compromises.

Canon's new cinematic camera puts a 45MP DSLR and 8K video into one chunky body

picture: Canon

A new three-way power switch allows the camera to quickly and easily switch between video and photo modes, while buttons across the camera are labeled either in white for photo-specific functions. or gray for video. in picture mode, The EOS R5 C includes nearly all the features and capabilities of the older R5 camera—like 45 MP CMOS sensor, ISO range from 100 to 51200 (expandable to 102400), Full-HD continuous shooting at up to 12 fps with its mechanical shutter, or up to 20 fps with silent electronic shutter, 1053 autofocus zones, plus To smart autofocus capabilities that can track eyes, heads, and faces, plus the same features on animals.

For the EOS R5 C camera, Canon has aglove Image stabilization is inside the R5’s mechanical body, so a hybrid shooter must instead rely on a combination of electronic stabilization tricks as well as mechanical in-lens stabilization, which will result in some slight cropping.

Canon's new cinematic camera puts a 45MP DSLR and 8K video into one chunky body

picture: Canon

The most obvious difference between the EOS R5 and the new EOS R5 C is that the latter has an extended chassis to accommodate an “active cooling system”. One of the biggest challenges in adding video capabilities to digital still cameras is that they are often designed to be as compact as possible to facilitate handheld shooting, but that doesn’t leave much room for heat dissipation and HD video recording generates a lot of heat. For the EOS R5 C, Canon has compromised the overall size of the R5 with additional fans and vents, but it does allow the Hybrid to shoot 8K video at 60fps as long as storage space – both internal and external – has capacity.

At 8K resolution, the EOS R5 C can capture directly to Canon Cinema RAW Light format at 12-bit when using an in-camera SD card, but when using an external recorder, it can also capture 8K video in Apple’s ProRes RAW format at up to 30fps. When backtracking to 4K, the EOS R5 C can overclock up to 120fps to capture high-speed action with autofocus and subject tracking capabilities, and the camera will still record audio to a separate WAV file while Most camcorders capable of high-speed shooting require the use of an external audio recorder.

The Canon EOS R5 C is due to be released sometime in March with the $600 price tag on the EOS R5 rising to $4,499.

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